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Reinhart Establishes Charitable Foundation to Benefit the Community

We are proud to announce the launch of our new charitable foundation  – the Reinhart Charitable Foundation.


The goal of the new foundation is to champion both volunteerism and fundraising, for organizations that work to improve the quality of life in the communities that we serve.

Dave Lutton, President of Reinhart, said, “As a corporation, we have always placed a high priority on giving back to the community, and have a long history of helping a wide range of organizations throughout Washtenaw County”.  Nancy Bowerbank, the newly appointed Chair of the Reinhart Charitable Foundation, and Sales Manager of the Reinhart North office added, “Charitable giving has always been at the heart of our business model. Our agents and employees have been fundraising and volunteering for years, but the Foundation gives us a structured way to do this work and will allow us to serve our community more effectively!”

Ozone House is the Foundation’s first Charity Partner. Ozone House supports children and young people, ages 10 to 20 years old who are in crisis and seeking help for a variety of reasons. Support includes emergency, transitional and permanent housing options, counseling, family intervention, a 24-hour crisis line, life skills training, job training, LGBTQ support and a safe drop-in center that serves over 800 youth per year with after school programs and a hot meal. Last year, Ozone House supported over 4,000 young people in Washtenaw County.

For more information visit Facebook.com/ReinhartCharitableFoundation.

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Congratulations to the 2017 Charles Reinhart Award Recipients

Reinhart held their Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, February 15th at Barton Hills County Club, celebrating the accomplishments of 250 agents and six office managers.

The Charles Reinhart Award, the most prestigious award the company presents, recognizes the highest earning agents of 2017.

Agents receiving the honor were:

Charles Reinhart Award Winners 2018

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2017 Year End Results

The hardworking Associates at Reinhart closed 3,631 transactions in 2017 – more than double our closest competitor. When you need to buy or sell a home it’s best to hire the company with the most practice at completing sales successfully. Year after year that is Reinhart.

Let us earn your business by helping you explore your options. Start today by contacting a Reinhart Associate.

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This Giving Tuesday Make a Difference By Cleaning Out Your Closet

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that celebrates and supports philanthropy. Reinhart supports this event with our Annual Coat Drive. Over our Coat Drive’s 21-year history, we have collected more than 20,000 new and gently used winter coats. This year we have partnered with over 30 local non-profits in order to keep Washtenaw County warm.

This year all coats that are collected will go to the following organizations:


Please encourage your family and friends to drop off their gently used winter coats at all of the Charles Reinhart Sales Offices as well as all Sunday Open Houses.

For more information about the 22nd Annual Coat Drive, please contact Greer Thibodeau, Marketing Coordinator at 734-669-5837 or gthibodeau@reinhartrealtors.com.


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Giving Thanks for Your Business

This time of year we are especially thankful for community members like you.

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You invite us into your lives to:

– Advise
– Advocate
– Educate
– List
– Market
– Stage
– Search
– Dream
– Relocate
– Spotlight
– Photograph
– Research
– Sell
– Collaborate
– Evaluate
– Explore
– Negotiate

On behalf of everyone at Reinhart, thank you for entrusting us with your real estate needs.

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Congratulations to the 2017 President’s Club

Reinhart recognized members of the 2017 President’s Club on Monday, October 30 at Jiffy Mix.  Lunch was served at the Common Grill to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of more than 90 real estate agents.
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For nearly 30 years, the President’s Club has recognized the top producers at the Charles Reinhart Company Realtors. To qualify for the President’s Club, an agent must close 18 or more transactions per year, which is more than 2.5 times the national average.

“Our annual President’s Club event provides fellowship as well as peer and corporate recognition for the elite members of our sales team,” explains Dave Lutton, President of the Charles Reinhart Company Realtors. “They are industry leaders. It is our pleasure to honor them. Their outstanding sales achievements are the reason for our firm’s dominant position in the local real estate industry.”

The 2017 President’s Club includes:

Scott Bethune
Ladonna Bow Billman
Nancy Bishop
Scott Blomquist
Jason Boggs
Marjorie Bolgos
Thomas Bradshaw
Elizabeth Brien
Laurie Buys
Jim Carey
Young Choi
Bruce Conybeare
Pia Crum
Laura Detwyler
Stacey Dugas
Patricia Durston
Tammi Ebenhoeh
Patricia Eddy
Barbara Eichmuller
Michelle Elie
Deborah Engelbert
Rob Ewing
Brooke Fajardo
Felice Fergel
Brent Flewelling
Linda Forster
Kathy Frey
Kantha Gardner
Maria Gilbert-Anglin
Jessie Glassel
Kirk Glassel
Toni Golden
Deb Helber
Bryan Herter
Kim Hilobuk
Lyla Icaza
Rick Jarzembowski
Marty Javornisky
Robyn Javornisky
Jeff Klink
Carmen Knick
Darby Kolano
Todd Lands
Carolyn Lepard
Debbie Leutheuser
Glacier Liao
Snow Liao
Kathy Linderman
Rick Mangan
Wendy Martin
Dick Mattie
Bruce Maxson
Megan Mazurek
Janet McAllister
Patrick McCauley
Marcia Merola
Matthew Miller
Kerene Morrissey
Jan Nelson
Scott Nelson
Susan Niethammer
Nancy Paterson
Kim Peoples
Julie Picknell
Michal Porath
Tim Powell
Maura Rains
Liz Rauser
Ed Ridha
Lisa Ridha
Rachel Robinson
Alice Roderick
Tracey Roy
MaryAnn Ryan
Michael Ryan
Michelle Schulman
Anne Sloan
John Sloan
Cynthia Smigielski
Ren Snyder
Susan Snyder
Michelle Stalmack
Lisa Stelter
Deb Odom Stern
Julie Svinicki
Rick Taylor
John Tenza
Linda Tenza
Nancy Thorensen
Melissa VanDam
Dana Vespremi
Maria Wade
Christian Ward
Hillary Ward
Jim Wedemeyer
Jean Wedemeyer
Judie Wu

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Keep Your Home Safe During National Fire Safety Month

firefighter-fire-portrait-trainingOctober is National Fire Safety Month. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately 60% of home fire deaths result from homes with no smoke alarms or working alarms with dead or missing batteries. The facts are clear: smoke detectors save lives.

Most homes that we inspect on a daily basis have deficiencies in smoke detector placement, batteries missing, or lack of detectors where they are needed.

Today’s tip will help you to determine if your home is up to today’s standards when it comes to fire safety. In addition to these tips, make sure to always read the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure there aren’t any variations specific to your detector for placement, use, or replacement.


What is the problem?
The recommendations for smoke detector placement has changed over time. Many homes we inspect simply lack detectors in some areas because that was the standard when the home was built or detectors were added to the home.

The NFPA recommends placement inside each bedroom, outside of sleeping areas, and at least one on every level of your home at a minimum.

For more information on installation, placement, and testing from the NFPA, click here.
smoke detectorTypes of detectors
Did you know that there are different types of fires? Some fires start out slow and smoldering for a while before they become larger fires, and some start off fast and flaming.

There are different types of smoke detectors that are more responsive to different types of fires. Our previous informational email discusses the 2 types and how they are used for a safer home: Click on the following link for Smoke Detector Types.


Man Replacing Battery In Home Smoke AlarmBattery vs Hardwired
Newer homes are built with smoke detectors hard wired into the electrical system. This ensures that the detectors always have sufficient power to be at full sound capacity and also to send a signal to other smoke detectors in the home to sound off.

Most older homes do not have hard wired detectors (you can tell by twisting the detector counter-clockwise to remove it from the base and find out if it’s connected to wiring through the ceiling or wall, see photo). Detectors that are not hard wired rely solely on battery power. ALWAYS change batteries when they chirp, regardless of which type of detector you have. Some detectors now come with 10-year batteries (which is the lifespan of many detectors).


nest smoke detectorWi-Fi Technology and detectors
As Smart technology advances, it can improve many areas of our lives – including safety. Smart smoke detectors can integrate with phone apps to alert you to a fire when you are away from home. In addition, smart alarms have various additional features, such as wireless connection to other detectors (great if you don’t have hard wired detectors), monitoring battery lives, running self-testing on monitors, and more.

Smart detectors can be installed as their own stand-alone system. If you are already using smart technology for other systems in your home, like a security system, consider adding smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that are compatible with your system. They are more expensive than traditional monitors, but you should find that the features outweigh the additional costs. Also, the additional cost is far less than installation cost of a hard wired system in an older home when you add up electrical work and wall/ceiling repairs that would be necessary.

Source: MD Home Inspections, LLC

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Reinhart’s Coat Drive Returns for the 22nd Year

Reinhart kicks-off our 22nd Annual Coat Drive October 30, with the goal of collecting more than 1,800 adult and children’s winter coats to distribute to local agencies throughout Washtenaw County.

Through the month of November, you’re invited to donate new and gently used winter coats at all of the Charles Reinhart Sales Offices as well as all Sunday Open Houses.

Over the coat drive’s 21-year history, Reinhart has collected more than 21,000 coats, all of which have been donated to agencies in our community. The need for winter coats, especially for children, continues to be great. The 22nd Annual Coat Drive hopes to help fill that need in our community as the weather gets colder.

For more information about the 22nd Annual Coat Drive, please contact Greer Thibodeau, Marketing Coordinator at 734-669-5837 or gthibodeau@reinhartrealtors.com.

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10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Sale

When listing your house for sale, you want to sell your house for the best price possible. There are many small projects you can do to improve curb appeal and make your house feel enticing to buyers.

Market Update_Tips to Prepare Home For Sale

  1. Give your entry a facelift with paint, a new front door or new welcome mat.
  2. Landscape! Add a pop of color by planting flowers.
  3. Power wash any outdoor surfaces.
  4. Fresh paint and new carpet are some of the top things you can do to help your home sell faster and for more money!
  5. If it’s broken, fix it! Offers may be lower if repairs are needed.
  6. Replace light bulbs and make sure all switches work.
  7. Declutter and organize closets, pantry, kitchen, garage.
  8. Clean everything – wash all windows inside and out!
  9. Give every room a purpose – create an identity for each space.
  10. Let the light in! Bright rooms feel warm and inviting.

Contact a Reinhart Realtor today for a list of specific tips to prepare your house for sale and for suggestions on local contractors who can help!

Source: KCM

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It’s a Perfect Time to Sell Your Home

May statistics from the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors show the lack of adequate supply of new listings is driving prices upward versus the same time last year.


538 new residential listings came on the market in May, compared to 639 in May a year ago.  This led to an increase in listing and sale prices. The average list price for May 2017 was $320,853 which is a 7.2 percent increase from last year. The average sale price increased 8.5 percent to $320,360.

Getting the best advice can make a significant difference in tight market conditions. For help creating a real estate plan, contact a Reinhart Realtor today.

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